Severe thunderstorm watch continues in Massachusetts, tornado reportedly spotted in New Hampshire – Boston 25 News
Residents of Massachusetts and New Hampshire had to brace for severe weather Thursday as strong storms triggered a tornado warning in southern New Hampshire across the region.
In Massachusetts, parts of Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 7:30 p.m.
Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk County are under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 7:00 p.m., which has been allowed to expire.
Winds of up to 60 mph and hailstones the size of pennies are likely, according to the National Weather Service.
Bristol County remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8:00 p.m
“Get inside when you hear thunder!” the NWS advised on Twitter.
A tornado warning was issued for parts of Cheshire and Hillsborough counties in New Hampshire earlier Thursday afternoon. The Boston 25 Weather Team confirmed a tornado sighting in the area of Keene and Roxbury, New Hampshire, around 2:45 p.m.
This warning expired at 3:15 p.m
In Hillsborough County and Rockingham County, the tornado warning was replaced with a severe thunderstorm warning that first expired at 4:00 PM before being extended until 4:30 PM, and those warnings were allowed to expire.
Keene City Manager Elizabeth A. Dragon told Boston 25 that the storm hit without warning with heavy rain and high winds before pushing through in the blink of an eye.
There were reports of several trees and wires running from just south of Keene through Dublin.
Dublin Police have advised drivers to stay off the west side of Lake Road due to fallen trees due to the severe weather.
The National Weather Service says a team will travel to Dublin on Friday morning to survey the area and determine the extent of the damage.
In a weather statement, the National Weather Service said: “Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail are possible across southern New England this afternoon and evening. The main threat will be between 2pm and 10pm. In addition, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Heavy rains may lead to localized flooding.”
Flash flood watches have also been posted for Berkshire, Middlesex, Franklin, Hampden, Worcester, Essex, Hampshire, Bristol, Plymouth, Norfolk and Suffolk counties.
A heat warning is also in effect for most of the state from 11am on Thursday until 8pm on Saturday.
Heat index values are expected to range from 95 to 100 in Middlesex, Hampden, Hampshire, Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Worcester, Suffolk, Berkshire, Essex and Franklin counties.
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